Remember this, from last week's continuing cross examination of the man with the missing memory, Premier Gordon Campbell's chief-of-staff Martyn Brown:
In his cross-examination of Mr. Brown, lawyer Kevin McCullough suggested Virk was worried about fallout from hiring CIBC World Markets to act as financial adviser during the sell-off of the provincial asset when the government had made an election promise to put all large contracts up for tender.
“[Mr.] Virk came to you and told you that CIBC World Markets was going to get this untendered contract for millions of dollars and that they were a friend, a close donating friend, of the government. He told you that,” Mr. McCullough put to Mr. Brown.
“I don't remember that at all,” Mr. Brown replied, saying he didn't even know CIBC donated cash to the B.C. Liberals.
“You don't recall him saying, ‘Martyn, we're breaking one election promise selling BC Rail, we shouldn't stick another one on top of it?”’ Mr. McCullough asked.“The conversation you're alleging that happened, I don't remember it at all,” said Mr. Brown, who is still Campbell's chief of staff........."
Just how much did CIBC, in its various incarnations, including CIBC World Markets, give to the BC Liberal Party from 2000-2010?
Well, we actually went back and dug through the individual pdfs for 2000-2004 and sub-totaled $138,205.
Luckily, Elections BC makes it way easier to digitally search donations from 2005-2010 (because, let me tell you, I was getting a headache squinting at the crappy scans of FAXes of the original documents from earlier on).....
Add it all together and you get $282,215.
That's almost David McLean/CN Rail and Peter Armstrong/Rocky Mountain Railtour money.